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Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 534

by Trepidity (#48417751) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

if the interface is the only one and you are connnected via ssh you are screwed. or you have to reboot the server to get the changes to take effect.
Nitpick, but it's perfectly possible to ifdown/up even over the network without a reboot (I do this not that infrequently). Just type "ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0" in a shell (as root). When you hit enter, the entire command is sent to the server at once, and the 2nd one is executed if the first one succeeds. The first command will kill your ssh link if it succeeds, but the second one still executes even after you've been disconnected, bringing the link back up.

Comment: Re:That is the problem (Score 2) 534

by Trepidity (#48417097) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Well, ifconfig on Linux hasn't had a release since 2001, and is considered deprecated by the Linux devs. Some distributions provide its former functionality via iproute2, which is sort of a successor. However it's pretty low-level. In some environments (esp. servers sitting in a colo) it's perfectly fine. It tends not to do what people expect from a network stack on movable devices though: saved wifi networks and wifi autoconnect, sane management of hotpluggable interfaces, etc. For that, you need some kind of wrapper around it, which is what network-management daemons provide (in varying forms).

Comment: not quite; voted not to decide the issue this way (Score 3, Informative) 534

by Trepidity (#48416765) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

It's a bit more of a meta-outcome. The option that won the vote said, more or less: the General Resolution (GR) process in Debian is not the right way to resolve this dispute.

There was a proposed option which would actually have explicitly said: packages are not required to maintain non-systemd compatibility. But that option did not win.

Comment: Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 1) 226

by Trepidity (#48406621) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

I think that for a certain type of personality, diligent self-study is a reasonable approach. There's always more to learn, but if you learn some every week it piles up in a kind of exponential way. If you're the kind of person who can learn from either written material (books, tutorials, reading other people's code, etc.) or recorded lectures, or some mixture of those, imo self-study is actually probably more likely to result in deeply learning a subject than a code academy. The main advantage of the "bootcamp" approach is that it provides a focused environment, if you're otherwise prone to slacking/procrastinating, or just can't learn at all w/o an in-person instructor. But I worry that it will result in a lot of superficial learning: memorizing some $hot_language syntax and design patterns and that kind of thing.

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 3, Insightful) 635

by Trepidity (#48402535) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Yes, by this criterion anything that most private companies do is actually done by a "government-funded agency". Your company got a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration grant? It's now a "government-funded agency"!

A more accurate description of this case: a third-party private organization wants to publish information about videogame sexism, and they got a small grant ($37k, i.e. enough to pay an intern) to investigate the possibility. That does not sound to me like The State mandating anything. Especially in Sweden, these kinds of small exploratory grants are given out to a really broad range of organizations. Your local badminton team can probably qualify for one! (Not a joke. There is a specific budget in Sweden for small grants to community sports organizations.)

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 2) 524

by Trepidity (#48369201) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Mono is impressive, but doesn't have the development resources to really compete with the CLR or JVM for a lot of workloads. The garbage collector in particular is not as good. That's one reason you see languages that want to build on top of an open-source VM, like Clojure or Scala, targeting the JVM rather than Mono.

Comment: Re:Stewards are usually like janitors* (Score 4, Interesting) 140

by Trepidity (#48321841) Attached to: Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

In fact they're more or less prohibited from doing anything except janitorial work. For example they have the power to make someone into an administrator, but they are only supposed to do so in response to each Wikipedia's own community process deciding on it. Each wiki has its own process where you can request to become administrator, people can comment on the request, and there is some decision-making process. If the outcome is "yeah, make this person an administrator", then one of the stewards is supposed to make that person an admin. If they decided to just take some other person who hadn't been approved by the German Wikipedia, and turn them into an admin on the German Wikipedia, they'd quickly lose their own "steward" bit.

Comment: Re:really? (Score 2) 185

It's been pretty well known that oceans play an important role in climate, yes. That is why, for example, Norway is habitable. But you might want to read the paper (or at least the abstract) to see what specifically it's claiming. They are not claiming to have discovered the idea of oceans being related to climate.

Also: El Niño is pretty irrelevant to a discussion of geological timescale phenomena.

Comment: in Soviet Russia (Score 4, Funny) 169

by Trepidity (#48231823) Attached to: Tetris Is Hard To Test

It may seem like you can test everything in Tetris just by playing it for a few minutes, but this is very unlikely! As I explain in this article, the game is filled with special cases that rarely occur in normal play, and these can only be easily found with the help of a coverage tool.

Tetris doesn't need coverage tool to test you. Everything about you.

Code-coverage tool is crutch for weak capitalist engineer. Tetris is Soviet technology, forged by people's will.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.